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A Day of Slacking

Buenos Dias!

Today’s post is about my short hike yesterday!  We live not too far from multiple points of where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses a road.  Yesterday, I parked my truck where it crosses S-22, a.k.a Montezuma Valley Rd.

About mile 101 of the Pacific Crest Trail - S22 crossing, Montezuma Valley Rd.
About mile 101 of the Pacific Crest Trail – S22 crossing, Montezuma Valley Rd.

I chose this random section because it was close, the distance was about what I wanted to hike, and it would be easy for my husband to come pick me up when he woke up (he works the night shift).  My plan was to drive and park at S-22 crossing, and then hike about ten miles north through Warner Springs to the second crossing at Highway 79.

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Near the beginning of my hike. That’s Palomar Mountain in the distance.

The majority of the hike was through a very large cow pasture.  I’ve driven through it dozens of times but never hiked through it.  It is a very massive cow ranch.

Hiking through the cow field.
Hiking through the cow field.

Everything is so green right now!  We’ve had some rain and the weather has been warm.  In the summer everything turns yellow and, believe it or not, that is also very pretty.

A neat tree.
A neat tree.
This little fella was a reminder to keep an eye out!
This little fella was a reminder to keep an eye out!

Unfortunately my camera is starting to die or something.  Sometimes it has trouble turning off or on.  But, it survived this trip!

There was plenty of water at San Ysidro Creek.
There was plenty of water at San Ysidro Creek.
If that's not a perfect place to camp, I don't know what is!
If that’s not a perfect place to camp, I don’t know what is!

At the halfway point, coincidentally because I didn’t plan it, was Eagle Rock:

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock

Not sure what its significance is because it looked like any other rock outcrop out there, but it was a good place to take a 10 – 15 minute break.

A Big Tree
A Big Tree

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The only other people I met out there was this lady on a horse.  It was a gaited horse, too!  And then two other people.  I think they were walking out to Eagle Rock from Warner Springs because they didn’t really have any gear with them.

A neat little beach by the creek.
A neat little beach by the creek.

I was surprised to see running water along a small portion of the trail before I got into Warner Springs.

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This is looking back the way I came, once I reached Warner Springs.  I started just north of Barrel Springs, so I think at this point I had hiked about eight miles.

Gate past the first crossing of Highway 79.
Gate past the first crossing of Highway 79.

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This photo was taken near the end.  The second crossing of Highway 79 is just past those trees.

Jason met me there, and then since we were soooo close (okay, not really, it was an extra fifteen miles) we stopped in at Carlee’s in Borrego Springs for some cold brews and and early supper/late lunch.

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It was a good day.

That sums up yesterday!

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